Wild China: 25 Spectacular Species You Should See China is certainly one of the most beautiful places on earth. Entwined with temples of culture, mountains painted in white snow, lands of the giant panda, coastlines enriched with amazing colonies of unusual birds, dense forests that are roped with hunting tigers and a great wall that stretches through the land and ripples with history. These are only a small handful of the treasures that embellish Chinese lands. EPA’s new pesticide rules: Will they make a difference? A few days ago, the EPA proposed new rules to protect farmworkers from pesticides. It’s about time. The standards were last updated in 1992, and there’s been a lot of research on the effects of pesticides on human health in the 22 years since. Among the proposed changes: Workers would need to be at least 16 years old in order to handle pesticides, except in some situations involving small family farms. Farms would be obligated to hold mandatory safety trainings every year, instead of every five years, to cover things like how to handle pesticides, how to clean gear and clothing and yourself after handling them, how to know when it’s safe to return to a field that has been treated, and what legal protections are available to farmworkers.
10 Reasons I love Monsanto Did I say Monsanto ? I meant President Obama . Here’s 10 Reasons I don’t love Monsanto, since we’re on the subject. Monsanto is guilty of… ~ click above for source ~ “How can one contaminate the global food chain with GMOs, when they actually help millions of people from starvation?” 9 Out Of 10 Americans Wants GMOs To Be Labeled 91 percent of Americans, Democrats and Republicans alike, want to know which products contain Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). So why won’t the FDA listen? Do you agree with the majority of Americans (and the citizens of 40 countries around the globe)? Genetically Altering Unborn Babies Personalities A Moral Obligation says Oxford Professor Genetically screening our offspring to make them better people is just “responsible parenting”, claims an eminent Oxford academic, The Telegraph reports. Source: Wikimedia Commons Professor Julian Savulescu, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Medical Ethics said that creating so-called designer babies could be considered a “moral obligation” as it makes them grow up into “ethically better children”, this based on a few genetic links to ‘personality disorders’. He said that we should actively give parents the choice to screen out personality flaws in their children as it meant they were then less likely to “harm themselves and others”.
Australian Engineers Unveil "Free Energy Machine" THE world may soon be able to buy one of the Far North's most controversial yet revolutionary inventions. The Lutec 1000 free energy machine have resurfaced after six years of steering clear of the public spotlight, having been granted patents in at least 60 countries around the world, including the US, China and India. Engineers John Christie and Lou Brits, who have endured intense criticism after they first unveiled their invention in 2001, are now preparing to construct a prototype of their revolutionary power device they hope to market within the next two years. The dynamic duo said they felt somewhat vindicated they had been able to land patents for their device and have had the Lutec verified by an independent engineer. "When we first kicked off, there was a huge fuss about it and people said we’d never get patents for it," Mr Christie said. "They said it would never work, so we couldn’t get patents, so it’s a good thing to see now."
Pesticide in frozen food sickens hundreds in Japan Some of the food that’s been sold out of freezers in Japan recently has had a strange smell to it — a fishy odor that has nothing to do with seafood. It’s the smell of malathion, an insecticide. More than 1,000 people have been sickened so far by eating frozen foods laced with the pesticide, according to some media reports. From the BBC: [Food company Maruha Nichiro Holdings] is recalling at least 6.4 million food packages manufactured at a factory in Gunma prefecture, north of Tokyo.It started the food recall last week, recovering more than one million packages so far.
Hungary Destroys All Monsanto GMO Corn Fields Hungary has taken a bold stand against biotech giant Monsanto and genetic modification by destroying 1000 acres of maize found to have been grown with genetically modified seeds, according to Hungary deputy state secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development Lajos Bognar. Unlike many European Union countries, Hungary is a nation where genetically modified (GM) seeds are banned. In a similar stance against GM ingredients, Peru has also passed a 10 year ban on GM foods. The David Vs. Goliath Battle of GMO Labeling Genetically engineered food has never been proven safe and a growing body of evidence links these foreign foods to allergies and other significant health risks. NOTE: This is a guest post from Stacy Malkan, media director for the Yes on 37 California Right to Know Campaign. This fall, Californians will vote on a question that affects all of us – do we have the right to know what’s in our food? A huge majority of people across the political spectrum are saying yes, we do; and they want to know specifically if their food has been genetically engineered in a lab.
Do You Know Who Owns Your Food? Corporate giants who were anonymously opposing the Washington state measure to mandate labeling of genetically modified ingredients through the Grocery Manufacturers Association were outed recently after the state attorney general filed a suit claiming violation of election disclosure laws. Funneling money through a lobbying group is not the only way that Big Food can hide from consumers. A chart created by Phil Howard, a Michigan State University assistant professor, shows how large corporations gobbled up or allied with the organic food sector around the time the U.S. Department of Agriculture adopted standards for certified organic. Very few of these large companies identify their ownership ties on product labels, noted Howard, who teaches in the university’s Department of Community Sustainability program. Here is Howard’s chart, which was updated in May.
5 Easy to Grow Mosquito-Repelling Plants As the outdoor season approaches, many homeowners and outdoor enthusiasts look for ways to control mosquitoes. With all the publicity about the West Nile virus, mosquito repelling products are gaining in popularity. But many commercial insect repellents contain from 5% to 25% DEET. There are concerns about the potential toxic effects of DEET, especially when used by children. Children who absorb high amounts of DEET through insect repellents have developed seizures, slurred speech, hypotension and bradycardia. There are new DEET-free mosquito repellents on the market today which offer some relief to those venturing outdoors in mosquito season.
Chemical Agriculture on the Attack, Again Keeping politicians on message can sometimes be difficult. That also holds true of corporate chiefs and movie stars. Even the most seasoned, media-savvy folks veer off their talking points on occasion. But that's not the case with the pesticide industry and its clientele.